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13 March 2015

What's in those Topshop bags?!

I doubt that many of you will have missed the fact that I won the Wardobeicons/Topshop competition on Instagram a couple of weeks ago. I have been stupidly excited ever since about my personal shopping experience.....and wait for it WOO HOO, the best bit was I would get the chance to pick clothes to the value of £300! So off I trekked to London Town this Wednesday to have a peruse and choose.....that would be my Spring/Summer wardrobe sorted then!



What a treat......I was given a glass of champagne and choice of cupcakes on arrival, I could definitely get used to this kind of shopping experience!



Anyone who has ever visited Topshop at Oxford Circus will know that it is pretty daunting when you walk in! There are 3 floors and so much to tempt you it's hard to know where to begin! Lucky for me the stress of negotiating my way around the sales floor had already been dealt with for me. 

The Topshop personal shoppers got in touch with me beforehand with a proforma for me to fill in of what I was expecting from my shopping expedition. They asked the obvious things like my colouring and sizes, they also asked who my Style Icons were (Michelle Williams, actress for everyday style and Geraldine Saglio, Emmanuelle's sidekick, my latest style crush.....more on that another time) and what I was looking for out of my appointment, my answer went like this......I very much have a school run mum kind of uniform that consists of Converse and skinny jeans at the moment. I don't go out all that much in the evening so I like practical clothing that can be dressed up. I would however like to be nudged out of my comfort zone and I'm really excited to see how someone else would dress me.

So when I entered my dressing room this is what was there to greet me!



They really had taken the stress out of trawling about the store, just as well as it was manically busy even on a Wednesday! All the items were laid out in outfits with jewellery and accessories to match which the lovely stylists Hayley and Amy talked me through. All I had to do was set about trying it all on. The girls also asked me if there was anything else I had seen that I wanted to try on.....obviously there was ;0) and off they went to hunt the said items down!

I started to try on methodically outfit by outfit.......but you know me and colour, this was too dressy and way out of my comfort zone, so the first outfit was a no. 



These trews were also a bit on the loud-side for me, they also felt a bit too short....so off I scuttled, back to my comfort zone! By now the champers had gone to my head and so from here on in I am very low on photos and a roll call of website pics is the best I can do! 


I love, love, love this jacket! It was top of my wishlist of things to bag but it hadn't found it's way onto the prepared rack. Of 8 items I ended up with only 2 things I'd been hankering after, the rest of the items were from the stylists rail, though I might have gone for things in different colours than those picked for me. There is some stylish inspo behind the choice of this jacket which I will share at a later date!



An assortment of very classic tops!





Something a little bit more dressy! I absolutely love this top....can't wait to wear it!



Moving swiftly onto to bottoms next......I can't speak of the Jamie jeans highly enough....the proof is in the pudding as I have ended up with another 2 pairs in dark blue rinse and white, as well as the mid stone ones I had already received as part of my prize!



If you are after a great fitting white skinny jean, not see-through, I recommend you try these!



And of course there had to be something khaki....these will be suitable for night or day!



There is a token dress. I went with a classic denim shirt-waister style, I am thinking 70's with a platform wooden wedge. I have some fabulous brown ones from Toppers that I bought a couple of seasons ago that are calling to be worn again!

I actually managed to get a picture of this one on!





Last but not least....a solitary pair of sandals on the shoe front but they will go with all of these things! I am also hoping to bag these in gold but they are currently sold out :0(



Now, though I had the opportunity I did not veer wildly off course. I stuck to a very neutral colour palette that will work well with my existing wardrobe. Since I got them home and had a good try on and I have found that I am completely happy with my choices!

For my trip to the city, I opted for my new Zara military jacket and jeans, with H&M fringed bag and obligatory Stans.


So what I want to know is....would you have gone wild in the aisles or gone armed with a plan?! I didn't do either but I think I have come up trumps! I could have so easily got distracted and ended up with stuff that wasn't so wearable. So on that basis I can't rate the Topshop personal shopping experience highly enough, the service was brilliant so if you ever get the chance......go, go, go!!

I will be back next time with a few outfits, no doubt made up of some of these items and a bit of the inspo behind my own choices!

As always I love reading and responding to your comments.

Back soon! 

Michelle xx

43 comments:

  1. Love the wrap front joggers 💚 so versatile.
    What a fab prize! xx

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    1. The joggers are fab aren't they! This was such an amazing prize, I had a really lovely day and am so delighted with everything in my haul! xx

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  2. That quilted jacket has me written all over it. The sandals and the dress are a close second. Great choices Michelle. I was so chuffed that you won this prize because I knew you would pick out the good stuff.

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    1. The jacket has a touch of the Marant about it doesn't it.....I thought it might appeal to you! ;0) In truth the experience was a little crazy....like where do you start, it could be so easy to make a mistake and get things that aren't necessarily you. I think once I got over the initial feeling of being overwhelmed I got my sensible head on and I could see the wood for the trees and see what would work for me! xx

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  3. It looks as though you had an amazing day Michelle, and you made some great choices! I love the denim dress and the sandals, and those khaki joggers are just fabulous. They'd be perfect with the new Zara jacket! You did so well to choose items that will work with your current wardrobe, I don't know if I could have been so disciplined...I look forward to seeing how you style it all. Congratulations again on your win - it couldn't have happened to a nicer person :-) xx

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    1. I had a great day Becky, what a treat! A bit of me-time indulging in my favourite pastime and being thoroughly spoilt....what's not too love! I was careful to choose stuff that work well with my existing wardrobe and yes, you are right I had my new Zara jacket on with the intention of finding some khaki trews and the joggers fitted the bill perfectly! My head has been spinning with all the new look I can create! Thank you for that lovely comment xx

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  4. Anonymous14/3/15 01:37

    Totally agree with the above. Wonderful selection. Look forward to seeing some outfits. Hx

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    1. Ahh thank you so much! I cannot wait to so my Spring/Summer wardrobe turnaround now so I can a really good trying on session and slot in these new bits! xx

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  5. You chose brilliantly Michelle, all the pieces are going to fit seamlessly into your wardrobe & create lots of stunning new outfits, which I can't wait to see you wear.

    I love what you wore for your fun day too.

    Enjoy wearing all your well deserved new pieces :-)

    Jane xx
    My Midlife Fashion

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    1. Thank you my lovely! My head is addled with all the looks I want to make up from my new and old things!! Can't wait to wear the new jacket so that will be on today!! I think the new Zara jacket is also going to be a wardrobe winner too! xx

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  6. That quilted jacket to so Emmanuelle Alt & you and whoop whoop for the Jamie's love them. Well done you and great picks. X

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    1. Great minds think alike Annmarie.....that's exactly what I thought when I clapped eyes on the jacket! I can't honestly see me buying another style of skinnies again as the Jamie's are so flattering! I need them in every colour/wash :0) xx

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  7. Your choices are perfect for your wardrobe, Michelle. Those khaki trousers are gorgeous! What a great experience. So lucky! Lynne xx

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    1. It was superb Lynne, so happy with all my bits! Thank you for the lovely comment :0) xx

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  8. Fantastic choices Michelle, love the jacket waiting with anticipation to see how you have styled it. Totally agree with you about the Jamie Jeans, they are such an amazing fit.
    Sue xx
    Bestfriendstyle

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    1. Thank you Sue....not long to wait as I will be wearing the new jacket today! The Jamie's have definitely stolen my heart as far as jeans go! xx

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  9. I think I would have felt somewhat overwhelmed as well and then gone scuttling back to what I like and what I know works best for me and my wardrobe which is pretty much what you did. Love the jacket you picked out - very Marantish - you will look fab in it. With white jeans???

    So pleased that you got the win ... and how many pairs of Jamies do you have now? I think I would have come out with quite a few pairs of jeans myself if it had been me - I do live in them after all!

    And the dress is lovely on you - I've got a shirt dress too - bought it, forgot to return it and then found it again. Whoop whoop!

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    1. It was pretty scary Sue, let me tell you! I had visions of doing lots of other shopping up and down Oxford Street after but in truth I was just too pooped!
      I am donning the jacket today and yes, I too envisage it with the white jeans ;0)

      Hand on heart, this is the second time in my life I have ever one anything! It's proved to me you have to be in it to win and I've just spied another fab comp being run by Jigsaw.....so I urge everyone to have a go at that one too as I would love one of my friends to win it!

      Yes I got a dress......thankfully I found a TS one that was a fairly decent length on me! This will be brilliant to chuck on for Summer days as it goes with a plethora of footwear choices too! xx

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    2. I spotted that Jigsaw one - I can definitely do that!

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    3. Yep, I have done the Jigsaw comp. I WANT THAT BAG!!! ;) xx

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  10. Great choices Michelle! What a fab prize : ) x

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    1. Thank you so much Juanita......so chuffed that I won! xx

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  11. What a treat and I was so excited reading this to find what you bought! I've been to Topshop in Oxford Circus and it IS daunting!

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    1. Daunting but completely amazing Fiona! It really was a fabulous way to spend an afternoon! :0) xx

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  12. Wow what an absolute treat Michelle. So happy for you. I think you got it absolutely spot on. It's so tempting when surrounded by amazing things to buy stuff that doesn't fit with your lifestyle. I'm sure you'll get so much pleasure wearing everything you chose xx

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    1. I was thoroughly spoilt Donna....one of the best treats I've ever had! Since I've already worn 3 of the 8 items I picked I think I have chosen pretty well! xx

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  13. Lucky you! Love your choices, the shirts are great xx

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    1. Let's hope this kind of luck lasts....entering every competition going now! ;0) xx

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  14. Looks like you had a brilliant day & you picked some fab pieces! You totally did the right thing sticking with what you know works for you...nothing worse that clothes hanging in your wardrobe that you know you'll never wear! Really love the denim dress & sandals! Look forward to catching up next week :) xx

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    1. Ahh thank you Sian! How glad am I that I did stick to what I know?! Can't wait to wear it all....will probably being wearing something out of this lot when I catch up with you this week! ;0) xx

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  15. Glad you had such a successful day - it's all fab and I can't wait to see it on. Jacket and wrap front joggers are lovely. Enjoy your Mother's Day xxx

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    1. A total success, thank you Liz! Your wish has been granted as I have worn both the jacket and the joggers....what should I share next?! :0) xx

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    2. Nothing!!!!! My wallet can't cope ... X

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  16. Well done, what a treat! Love the denim dress and the joggers. Going to London this week so will brave Topshop Oxford St!

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    1. Thank you Carol! The joggers are superb....so comfortable and cannot wait to wear the dress! Enjoy TS Oxford Street! :0) xx

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  17. How exciting - what an incredible day! I am thrilled that we just got a bricks and mortar TopShop here in Atlanta - my first purchase were the Hayden jeans in ecru - I bloody love them!

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    1. Yep....this shop is going to be a hard one to top! Bet you thought you had died and gone to heaven when the opened the Topshop Atlanta store ;0)
      I must get around to trying on those TS Hayden jeans! xx

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  18. What a fab fun experience, great to see how someone else would dress you, and take you outside the box a bit! Although I think we all know roughly what fits in with our lifestyle etc, its fresh to have a different perspective!.....You made such great choices.....Loving that jacket, the denim dress, and just about everything else as well! Helen xx

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    1. It certainly took me out of the comfort zone Helen, but that was good as it made me more confident in my final choices and since I've already worn a few of the pieces I'm 100% happy with my decisions! xx

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  19. Fab picks Michelle, what a well deserved treat, I love the cargos and the dress, in fact love everything you have great taste! Xx

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  20. How exciting is that?! It must of been a great day & you did so well to stick to your guns & bag some lovely items! I love the wrap front joggers! x

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